RES 501

Assessment and Integration of Research Online


Research is the systematic process of collecting and analyzing information to increase our understanding of the phenomenon under study. It is the function of the researcher to contribute to the understanding of the phenomenon and to communicate that understanding to others.

This graduate-level course is designed to give students a solid theoretical understanding of the types of research study designs, statistical evaluation methods, and presentation of findings. Students will learn to locate, assess, and integrate and write about research.

There are two main objectives for this course: To understand how research is designed, implemented and evaluated, and to learn how to write a comprehensive and cohesive research paper.

This course is divided into two sections, culminating in a formal research paper:

  • Part One:  Research begins with a research problem or hypothesis, which is examined by first exploring the current literature and then using the correct research design and the proper data analysis. It concludes with reporting the results of research. Our class will explore each of these steps in detail, along with a discussion of ethics in medical research. We will learn which research designs work best for evaluating CAM.
  • Part Two: Many graduate courses will have a research paper component. Your paper provides the opportunity to research a topic, use the scientific method to support your theories, gain experience constructing professional-level arguments and writing, and use the formatting common in scientific journals (e.g., APA).

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between research designs and data analyses in order to identify which are best used when investigating particular research questions.

  • Formulate thesis and purpose statements for research related to their field of study in order to advance or fill a gap in existing research.

  • Evaluate research from scholarly and credible professional sources in order to synthesize results within an Integrative Literature Review.

  • Recognize and apply each component of research studies in order to evaluate and develop research papers that innovate and contribute.

  • Produce writing appropriate for a graduate-level research paper using APA format to model academic writing standards.

  • Apply an ethical framework of research to promote academic and professional integrity.

More details

Required Course Pack:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)
  • Study Essentials Practical Lab Kit. Contains:
    • 10 ml Roll-on bottle (1)
    • Aluminum Nasal Inhaler (1)
    • 1 oz Organic Jojoba Oil
    • 5 ml Organic Cool and Soothe Essential Oil Blend
    • 5 ml Organic Synapse Spice Essential Oil Blend

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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